2016 is the 950th anniversary of the momentous year 1066, which climaxed with the Battle of Hastings and the Norman Conquest of England. This conference in February aims to commemorate the Bayeux Tapestry, which told the story so magnificently.
2016 is the 950th anniversary of the momentous year 1066, which climaxed with the Battle of Hastings and the Norman Conquest of England. The Bayeux Tapestry commemorated the lead-up to that Conquest and we commemorate, in this conference, both historical events and the work of art. We compare The Bayeux Tapestry’s version of history with other sources and examine the cultural milieu that produced and appreciated it. We consider the ways in which the Bayeux Tapestry is unique among medieval textile furnishings; and we examine how The Bayeux Tapestry itself has been and still is being commemorated, from the nineteenth-century replica displayed in Reading to recent and current community projects that portray history in needlework.
FRIDAY 5 FEBRUARY 2016
8.15pm- Introduction by Trevor Rowley, Emeritus Fellow, Kellogg College, University of Oxford
8.30pm- The Year of the Four Kings by Professor David Bates
SATURDAY 6 FEBRUARY 2016
9.00am The story as the Bayeux Tapestry tells it by Professor Gale Owen-Crocker
10.15am Bayeux Tapestry production techniques and medieval workshops by Alexandra Lester-Maki, Specialist in Anglo-Saxon embroidery
11.45am The production context of the Leek replica and differences between the Bayeux Tapestry and the replica by Anna Henderson and Alexandra Lester-Makin, Specialist in Anglo-Saxon embroidery
2.00pm Excursion to Reading to view the Leek reproduction of the Bayeux Tapestry with commentary by Anna Henderson, Specialist in the history of narrative embroidery.
5.30pm Dyestuffs and the association of William Morris with the Wardle’s of Leek by Maggie Kneen, Artist, author and specialist in Medieval Art
8.15pm- The art of memory: changing perceptions of Harold II Godwinson by Ann Williams, Research Fellow in Medieval History, University of East Anglia
SUNDAY 7 FEBRUARY 2016
9.00am Other textile soft furnishings and how the Bayeux Tapestry is different, by Professor Gale Owen-Crocker
10.00am The Bayeux Tapestry now by Sylvette Lemagnen, Director of the Bayeux Tapestry Museum
11.30am The living tradition in the line of the Bayeux Tapestry, by Anna Henderson, Specialist in the history of narrative embroidery.
12.10pm Round table discussion with submitted questions selected by Trevor Rowley, Emeritus Fellow, Kellogg College, University of Oxford
The Bayeux Tapestry and the Norman Conquest – A Commemoration of the Battle of Hastings
Conference 05.02.2016 – 07.02.2016
The conference will be held at Rewley House, Oxford